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USAID has given $105 million to AITF till date

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By Zariza Correspondent | 2014-03-18 | 17:00:00 |

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed a total of 105 million USD to the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF) till date. This was revealed in a press conference today at Ministry of Finance.

“U.S. government's contribution to this fund is just one example of our long-term commitment to supporting Afghanistan's development,” said William Hammink, USAID Mission Director. “Our partnership with the Asian Development Bank provides an important mechanism for improving the lives of the Afghan people and driving Afghanistan's economic growth.”  

Of the 417.6 million USD the U.S. government has planned for the AITF, approximately 288 million USD has been designated for the completion of the Kabul to Kandahar transmission line from Ghazni to Kandahar, including five substations. This line will enable DABS to import lower-cost power to Southern Afghanistan and provide electricity to many communities that currently do not have access to the power grid.

Established in 2010, the AITF is a multi-donor trust fund administered by the Asian Development Bank to coordinate donor assistance for infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. The U.S. Government is one of the largest contributors to the AITF, with 417.6 million USD planned for energy infrastructure.

Other contributors to the AITF also include the governments of Japan and the United Kingdom.
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